Brandan Wright out indefinitely with sprained MCL

Brandan Wright out indefinitely with sprained MCL

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Grizzlies forward/center Brandan Wright hasn't seen the court much this year, and now he will be missing even more time.

Wright left Saturday's game against the Suns in Phoenix with an injury after he got tangled up trying to set a screen.

Wright underwent an MRI that revealed a sprained MCL in his right knee.

The Grizzlies said Wright will not require surgery, but he will be out indefinitely.

"This is an unfortunate development for Brandan and our team," Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace said. "Brandan had been playing his best basketball of the season recently and showing the positive impact he has on our roster. We expect a full recovery and will have further updates when appropriate."

Wright has played in just 12 games for the Grizzlies this season, including two starts. He returned to the lineup on February 19 against Minnesota after missing more than three months with an injury to the same knee.

The 28-year-old signed a three year, $17 million deal with the Grizzlies in July and is in the midst of his first season with the team. The big man is averaging 6.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in just under 18 minutes per game.

The Grizzlies are already without All-Pro center Marc Gasol for the season and are thin at the center position, with no true centers on the roster and 37-year-old Chris Andersen and 6'9" JaMychal Green both seeing extended time at the position.

According to the USA Today's Jeff Zilgitt, Wright's injury is a grade one sprain. Bucks center Greg Monroe missed just two games with the same injury earlier this season, but Wright's previous knee issues could mean the Grizzlies act more cautious with the big man.

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